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Size 2 Fit Tip

Super-lean figures look curvier in patterns.

Pictured: Mary Quant dress

Where to shop for this dress: Mary Quant dress, $144, 800-941-3221; Mary Quant, NYC; Henri Bendel, NYC.

Size 4 Fit Tip

To avoid overwhelming a small frame, don't wear more pleats than this.

Pictured: Arden B. dress

Where to shop for this dress: Arden B. dress, $98, ardenb.com for stores

Size 4 Fit Tip

Going short? Consider tights your safety net.

Pictured: Kenneth Cole New York dress

Where to shop for this dress: Kenneth Cole New York dress, $250, 800-536-2653.

Size 6 Fit Tip

A slight A-line? Every woman's friend.

Pictured: Jill Stuart dress

Where to shop for this dress: Jill Stuart dress. $265, select Saks Fifth Avenue.

Size 8 Fit Tip

A slight swoosh to the skirt shows off sexy legs.

Pictured: Garfield & Marks dress

Where to shop for this dress: Garfield & Marks dress, garfieldmarks.com.

Size 10 Fit Tip

Layering pieces should be sleek and fitted.

Pictured: Victoria's Secret dress

Where to shop for this dress: Victoria's Secret dress, $88, victoriassecret.com

Size 12 Fit Tip

The length for longer-looking legs: 2 to 3 inches above the knee.

Pictured: Kiyonna dress

Where to shop for this dress: Kiyonna.com dress, $116, kiyonna.com

Size 14 Fit Tip

Perfect! Slimming black and a pop of color.

Pictured: Anna Sui dress

Where to shop for this dress: Anna Sui dress, $187, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC.

Size 16 Fit Tip

Dark neutrals are professional and flattering.

Pictured: Talbots dress

Where to shop for this dress: Talbots dress, $144, talbots.com

Size 18 Fit Tip

Fuller figured? Make sure your dress is a fitted, not boxy-cut, style.

Pictured: Morgan Gual dress

Where to shop for this dress: Morgan Gual dress, $298, Alex Gowns, Upper Montclair, NJ, 973-746-4800; The Better Half, Florham Park, NJ, 973-377-8171